What is an MD5-Sum?
An md5 checksum is like the fingerprint of a file, with which you can verify that the file being checked is in its original state, that is, without errors or tampering.
- Windows users may need to download this program, available from here: md5com info∞
and copy the program into the windows directory, normally: C:\Windows
- Linux users have this program in their distribution already (in 99% of all cases)
To use this program: open a shell (Linux) or a Windows prompt, go to the directory where the file you want to check is located, and type the following (for example you want to check Kanotix 2005-03)
It may take some time calculating the md5sum, it varies from computer to computer. As output you will get the md5sum. Now you should check if the generated md5sum and the Kanotix-md5sum are the same. If the md5's are the same your file is ok; otherwise, it could be erroneous.
Here are the md5sums for the Kanotix releases:
If you download the .md5 file, you can test the ISO easily with
this works only if both files are in the same directory